Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA review

£7.00Typical price

Test score

92%

Key features

  • AA
  • Lithium
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 verdict: Powerful but expensive

Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA disposable batteries are the world’s longest-lasting batteries for high-tech devices… at least that’s what the manufacturer claims. Do these AA lithium batteries live up to Energizer’s boasts in our labs tests? Read our report to find out.

Pros
  • Some of the longest-lasting batteries you can get for medium and high-drain devices
Cons
  • They’re expensive at around £1.75 per battery (£7 pack of 4); they don’t last as long as some of the cheaper batteries we tested in low-drain devices
For power-hungry devices, such as digital cameras and torches, these batteries are ideal. The Energizer Ultimate Lithium AAs are far and away the longest-lasting batteries in our tests for heavy-drain and medium-drain devices. Curiously, they’re not as suitable for lighter-drain devices, such as remote controls – you’ll get more life from cheaper batteries here.

GP Lithium AAA review

£7.49Typical price

Test score

92%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Lithium
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 verdict: Great for energy-guzzling gadgets

Less familiar than household names such as Duracell and Energizer, GP states that its Lithium AAA disposable batteries deliver ‘the best performance for professional and energy demanding devices’. But just how long do the GP Lithium AAA disposable batteries last, and are they worth paying a high price for? Find out in our full review.

Pros
  • Cameras
  • Toys and portable radios will work for much longer with these batteries inside
Cons
  • Expensive price-per-battery; low-drain battery life isn’t as impressive
Scoring very highly in our medium and high-drain tests, these Best Buy lithium batteries are among the longest lasting disposable AAAs we’ve tested. They’re ideal for keeping more demanding household devices, such as compact cameras, going for longer. It’s a shame that the battery’s low-drain performance isn’t as impressive – meaning you’d be better off with cheaper alkaline batteries in your TV remote.

Energizer Ultimate Lithium AAA review

£7.00Typical price

Test score

87%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Lithium
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verdict: Excellent for power-hungry gadgets

Energizer’s Ultimate Lithium AAA disposable battery has a lot to live up to, as Energizer claims it lasts 11 times longer in digital cameras than alkaline batteries. But costing £7 for a pack of four, are these Energizer batteries worth splashing out on? Read our full tests results to find out.

Pros
  • Great for high-drain devices
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t last as long in devices that don’t need much power
These batteries are ideal for your most power-hungry gadgets. Although pricey at £1.75 per battery, it’ll keep them running for 20 minutes longer than the next closest AAA battery on test. They’re not ideal for low-power devices, though, as they don’t last as long.

Aldi Activ Energy review

£1.69Typical price

Test score

79%

Key features

  • AA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Low-cost for long duration

Aldi’s Activ Energy Super Alkaline AA disposables are its own brand and cheaper than the likes of Duracell and Energizer. But do these batteries provide enough charge to make them dependable? We took them to our test lab to find out.

Pros
  • Great for all types of devices
  • Particularly long-lasting in low-drain devices
Cons
  • Can’t buy a four pack (at the time of writing)
Aldi’s own-brand AAs are exceptional batteries, lasting a long time across every draining scenario from energy-hungry gadgets where they’ll last over seven hours to low-drain devices such as clocks where you’ll get more than 90 hours of charge. As alkaline batteries, they don’t have the shelf life or won’t run for as long as lithium alternatives, but their low cost makes them great value in cost per hour.

Panasonic Evolta Neo AA review

£23.66Typical price

Test score

78%

Key features

  • AA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Brilliant Best Buy

Panasonic claims that its premium Evolta Neo AA batteries offer you the ‘longest-lasting alkaline battery in the history of Panasonic’, saying this is due to an increase in compact fine particles. But how do these batteries stand up to competitors in our robust tests?

Pros
  • Long-lasting power for all your device needs
Cons
  • Expensive
These superstar batteries are great across the board. You’ll get over seven hours of power in high-drain devices before they get to the point at which some devices stop working (1V) and nearly nine hours until they run out completely. You’ll get around 27 and a quarter hours of power in a medium-drain device and more than 100 hours in a low-drain device using them until they run out. We don’t take price into consideration when calculating the total test scores, but when we checked the pricing, these batteries were expensive (£23.66 for a pack of 12), and we could only find them on sale at Amazon.

Varta Longlife Power AA review

£4.00Typical price

Test score

77%

Key features

  • AA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Long-lasting alkalines

Do Varta LongLife Power AA disposables live up to the promise in their name? We tested them in our labs to find out – read our review.

Pros
  • Good for energy-guzzling devices
  • Long life for low-drain devices
Cons
  • Pricier than some
These batteries are good for any device because they last a long time across high, medium and low-drain scenarios. You’ll get more than seven hours of charge in energy-guzzling devices and more than 90 hours from slow-burning ones. They’re not the cheapest (own-brands tend to be) nor as long-lasting as lithium alternatives – but they’re a good compromise between the two and are Best Buys.

GP Lithium AA review

£7.49Typical price

Test score

77%

Key features

  • AA
  • Lithium
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 verdict: Great for power-hungry gadgets

GP might not be as well-known as big brands like Duracell and Energizer, but the lithium chemistry that powers the GP Lithium AA disposable batteries gives them a potential advantage over many other alkaline equivalents. Discover how well the GP Lithium AA disposable batteries performed in our recent tests in our full review.

Pros
  • Good lifespan when used in high and medium-drain devices
  • Such as cameras and radios
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Disappointing battery life when used with low-drain devices
These Best Buy lithium batteries powered through our high and medium-drain tests impressively, making them ideal for power-hungry devices, such as digital cameras, and moderately demanding devices, such as kids’ toys. It’s a shame they’re so disappointing in low-drain devices. In this category, their lifespan is one of the worst in our labs tests. Just Sainsbury’s Home Long Life alkaline AA batteries and Maplin ExtraLong Life are worse.

Varta Longlife Power AAA review

£4.00Typical price

Test score

77%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Alkaline
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verdict: One of the longest-lasting AAAs you can buy.

We recently retested this battery, which has a new formulation – read our review to see our verdict of the changes Varta made to its LongLife Power AAA battery.

Pros
  • Long-lasting in high
  • Medium and low-drain devices
  • Comfortably gives more than four hours of charge in high-drain devices.
Cons
  • Not the cheapest or most readily available
These Best Buy disposable AAA batteries outlast most competition in every draining scenario – which is highly impressive. They’re particularly great for devices which burn through batteries quickly, where AAAs usually struggle. Their long duration makes them good for situations where you need as much charge as possible such as when travelling, for example.

Panasonic Evolta AAA review

£3.75Typical price

Test score

71%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Especially good for low-drain devices

The Evolta batteries represent a combination of ‘voltage’ and ‘evolution’ – and Panasonic claims they’re the ultimate long-lasting batteries, which consistently outperform rival premium products. See how they really stand up to other batteries on the market with our expert results.

Pros
  • Brilliant for low-drain devices
  • Good for high and medium-drain
  • Didn’t leak
Cons
  • Not very energy efficient

 

 

Energizer MaxPlus AA review

£4.99Typical price

Test score

71%

Key features

  • AA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Good all-rounder

Big brand Energizer claims that its Energizer Max Plus disposable AA batteries are its ‘number one longest-lasting AA alkaline battery’. But should you use these disposable AA batteries to power your gadgets and household devices? Find out how they performed in our lab tests.

Pros
  • Good for all types of devices
  • Energy efficient
Cons
  • Price per battery is around £1.25 (at the time of writing)
These are good batteries, which will keep your camera or wireless speakers powered for more than eight and a half hours before they run out totally. They don’t last quite as long as our Best Buys, but you will, however, get nearly 25 hours in medium-drain gadgets, and more than 93 hours in a low-drain device before the performance starts to dip. And longer before they run out completely. At the time of writing these, we found these batteries on sale for £4.99 for a pack of four.

Duracell Plus Power AA review

£4.00Typical price

Test score

71%

Key features

  • AA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Fantastic all-rounder

The Duracell Plus Power AA battery claims to be engineered to provide reliable power for everyday devices, such as torches and remote controls. But are these AAs as reliable as Duracell says or are there better batteries on the market? See our full results to find out.

Pros
  • Good for low and medium-drain devices
  • Solid performance on high-drain devices
  • Stays leak-free
  • Efficient
Cons
  • Not much

 

 

Duracell Ultra AAA review

£4.99Typical price

Test score

70%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Good all-rounder

Duracell has reformulated its most powerful batteries, the Duracell Ultra AAAs, which it says are most suitable for medium and high-drain devices. To find out how the reformulated Duracell AAA batteries work, read on for our full test results.

Pros
  • Good for high and medium drain devices
  • Great for low-drain
  • Energy efficient
Cons
  • Not the cheapest price per battery
These batteries are great for using in a range of devices. You’ll get around 3hr 45 mins in a high-drain device before performance starts to dip, and even longer before the battery runs out totally. They’re really good at powering low-drain devices for a long time, giving more than 71 hours of use. These aren’t the cheapest at £1.25 per cell, though. Duracell tells us they cost £4.99 for a pack of four, but at the time of writing we found a pack of eight for £8.50, which works out slightly cheaper. So, like many batteries, you may find them on a deal.

Panasonic Evolta Neo AAA review

£23.12Typical price

Test score

70%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Expensive, but long lasting

Panasonic claims that its Evolta Neo AAA batteries offer you the ‘longest-lasting alkaline battery in the history of Panasonic’ thanks to what goes on inside these cells. These batteries are expensive though. We’ve sent them along with the AA size to our labs to see whether they’re worth the money and how they compare with competitors in our robust tests.

Pros
  • Great for high and medium-drain devices
  • Excellent for low-drain conditions
Cons
  • Expensive
These batteries aren’t cheap, costing more than £20 for a pack of 12 from Amazon (at the time of writing). But they’re high-scoring, work well across a range of devices and keep your devices powered for a long time. You’ll get nearly four hours of power in high-drain devices before you’ll notice a dip in performance, which is good. For medium-drain devices, over 10 hours use and even longer until they’re fully drained. For low-drain devices, these provide more than 70 hours before starting to dip, which is excellent.

Aldi Activ Energy AAA review

£1.69Typical price

Test score

70%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Ideal for low-drain devices

Aldi’s own-brand AAA disposable batteries come cheaper than pricey rivals such as Duracell, Panasonic and Energizer. But will they keep your devices running as long as possible? We took them to our test lab to find out.

Pros
  • Last for more than 70 hours in low-drain devices
  • Low cost per hour
Cons
  • Average performance for high and medium-drain devices
Aldi struck gold with its disposable AAs, but its disposable AAAs aren’t quite as good. They’re still among the best for low-drain devices, but last less than four hours in high-drain appliances so you’ll be switching them more often than some Best Buys. But we can recommend them for sheer value.

Panasonic Pro Power AAA review

£3.25Typical price

Test score

69%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Good across the board

The Panasonic Pro Power AAAs supposedly offer high-quality performance, ideal for those who want to power high and medium-drain devices such as a torch, robot or a computer mouse. Panasonic also claim they can be stored safely for up to 10 years thanks to anti-leak protection. Find out how well they actually perform by reading our expert testing results.

Pros
  • Brilliant in both high and low-drain scenarios
  • Good for medium drain
  • Didn’t leak
Cons
  • Not the most energy efficient
The Panasonic Pro Power AAA batteries can be bough in packs of 12 for as little as £6.99 (at the time of writing), making these batteries 58p each.

Argos Home Ultra Alkaline review

£7.00Typical price

Test score

68%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Alkaline
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verdict: Good for slow-burning gadgets

You don’t want to be short of batteries when you need them, but are Argos Home Alkalines worth a purchase? We took them to our test lab to find out if they’re Best Buys.

Pros
  • Provides more than 70 hours of charge in low-drain devices
  • Cheap cost per battery
Cons
  • Give less than 10 hours of charge for medium-drain devices
These batteries aren’t Best Buys, but they’re not bad for the sorts of devices that only need a battery change once in a blue moon. They don’t fare as well in high and medium-drain devices. Overall, you can buy better, but they’re worth a purchase if you see them selling cheaply.

Panasonic Evolta AA review

£3.75Typical price

Test score

68%

Key features

  • AA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: No quibbles

Panasonic’s Evolta range are its ‘number-one longest-lasting’ batteries and the brand claims they consistently outperform their rivals – and are supposedly brilliant for both low and high-drain appliances. Find out whether they’re actually suitable for a wide range of devices by checking out our full test results.

Pros
  • Leak-free
  • Efficient
  • Good across high medium and low-drain devices
Cons
  • Not much
We’ve found these batteries for as little as £1 for a pack of four (at the time of writing, in Waitrose), so they’re not expensive.

Lidl Aerocell AAA review

£1.99Typical price

Test score

68%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: Cheap, but a little short-lived.

Lidl’s own-brand Aerocell AAA disposable batteries are cheaper than big-name rivals, but we wanted to see if they could last as long. We took them to our test lab to find out – read our verdict.

Pros
  • Ideal for low-drain devices
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Mediocre performance for high and medium-drain devices
These batteries are cheap, and easy to recommend if you want AAAs for a clock or a TV remote. In a low-drain device, they’ll give you around 69 hours of charge. But they don’t match most rivals for more energy-intensive uses. They’re worth buying if you’re in Lidl, but we wouldn’t venture out just to buy them.

Sainsburys Home Long Life Alkaline review

£3.00Typical price

Test score

68%

Key features

  • AAA
  • Alkaline
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verdict: Good for slow-burning gadgets

You don’t want to be short of batteries when you need them, but are Sainsbury’s Home Long Lie Alkalines worth a purchase? We took them to our test lab to find out if they’re Best Buys.

Pros
  • Provides more than 70 hours of charge in low-drain devices
  • Cheap cost per battery
Cons
  • Give less than 10 hours of charge for medium-drain devices
These batteries aren’t Best Buys, but they’re not bad for the sorts of devices that only need a battery change once in a blue moon. They don’t fare as well in high and medium-drain devices. Overall, you can buy better, but they’re worth a purchase if you see them selling cheaply. These are the same product as Argos Home Ultra Alkaline AAAs.

Lidl Aerocell AA review

£2.99Typical price

Test score

67%

Key features

  • AA
  • Alkaline
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 verdict: A good bargain choice

Lidl’s own-brand AAs are cheap – but do they last long enough to make them a true bargain? We took them to our test lab to find out how they do in a range of appliances, from energy guzzlers to low-drain devices. Read our review to find out.

Pros
  • Low costs make them cheap per hour
  • One of the longest durations for low-drain devices
Cons
  • They last 10 hours less in medium-drain devices than the best lithium disposables
  • Not available online
The Lidl Aerocell batteries are middle ranking in performance which is not bad given the low price. If you regularly shop at Lidl, it’s worth grabbing a pack. They’re particularly good for the likes of wall clocks and remotes because they last more than 92 hours in these types of devices.